My work consists of portraiture, which creates a narrative that addresses the unique characteristics of my subjects, consisting of hidden passions and personal struggles of the individual. Through the process of making these photographs, I comment on a variety of social issues such as gender roles, mental health , and personal ambitions . In each photograph, I use the text in my images to create an overall narrative. In our society, we tend to discriminate against others based on first impressions and fail to recognize the inner qualities that make a person unique.
Before I make an image, I get to know my subjects by asking them a variety of questions about tribulations and what they are passionate about.Through listening to their stories, I am able to gain their trust, sketch our ideas, and write down the imagery of each photograph. Collaborating with my subjects, we discuss wardrobe, the use of props, and the scenery needed for the portrait. Many of my subjects are from but not limited to the Millennial Generation. As I am myself am a part of this demographic it fuels my need to tell their stories and challenge the misconceptions that other people may have about us.
I have discovered that the process of making these conceptual portraits can be therapeutic for both me and everyone I work with. By turning the camera on myself, I hope to address topics such as masculinity, gender, racial issues, and my own trials. By shedding light on these hidden characteristics of my subjects, I show the qualities that make us unique, reveal the personal story of my subjects, and display how these inner qualities shape our identity. I hope I can continue to use my art to share these stories and to be the voice of the Millennial Generation.